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that the abolitionists used and we were having a conference in the fall. we were writing a book i think in which we were going to try to make public and marshall the kind of religious resources that might prove to be useful in helping to cultivate a mass movement against mass incarceration akin to the kind of mass movement that we had going on 200 years ago against slavery. .. >> thank you. it is a pleasure to be back. ladies and gentlemen, also my lovely wife, a delighted to be here. "mayday" is a form of french for help me. when the aviator's declare an emergency and request help. is it chose this as the title for the book which is a subject of this afternoon's event because our seapower is in trouble. the last official statement of u.s. maritime strategy was published six years ago with the acknowledgement of usc powers traditional role as hater nuclear and conventional deterrence projecting power a and responding to of crisis and a 2007 strategy emphasizes cooperation with other navies in humanitarian missions. these documents help to prevent wars and policy that is inconsistent with the policy of t
delve into the scientific literature and what history has to teach us? what would be the equivalent of some kind of massive destruction caused by the force that we don't understand? and i came upon the idea of mass extinction which are indeed the worst kind of disaster that could ever happen to the planet. and the more i research them, the more i read scientific papers and talk to scientists on a realized that actually one of the characteristics of the mass extinction is that there are survivors. and that is when i began to change haloid understood what this book was going to be about. so let me start by telling you a little bit about the destruction a mass extinction is actually a scientific term of art, which refers to any event where more than 75% of all species on the planet by out, and usually these take about a million years. and so when you look at them they are taking place in geological times. they are not a quick thing that we can see in a human lifetime. and one of the things that links pretty much all of the mass extinctions -- and there have been five of them so far in
know, we rely basically on physician groups to tell us how many hours it takes to give various services. but there was a washington post or new york times article, i forgot which -- i think it was a washington post -- that showed that for certain specialties the doctor would have had to work over 24 hours a day to equal the number of hours that they had, were charged with. so we've got to get a better handle. and the people who are being disadvantaged under the current system are primary care. and that's what we have to fix. and you're exactly right. if we're going to get the right mix, the right work force mix, then we have to have the right reimburse bement structure. and a lot of that means let's replace the sgr which was not part of the affordable care act. it's a separate issue that we clearly have to deal with. i'm going to ask a question, if i might, jay, and that is -- [inaudible conversations] [laughter] >> those of you that have to sort of figure out in advising people how to enroll in the exchanges, i don't know if you've had a chance yet to take a look at the type of plans t
and not just right now. and that really has a lot of meaning to us. and we have great sympathy for the fact that this is an enormously complicated process that they're, that they are going through. what we have asked of the fcc commissioners is more traction parent si -- transparency, more engagement. it might be conventional wisdom that if broadcasters want to stop this -- actually, i think it's in our interests to accelerate this to the degree possible while still getting it right. because this has enormous consequence to the nation that there is a dedicated and healthy broadcast band dedicated to broadcasting if we're serious about preserving video on a large scale that is free and that is local. these things are hugely important to people. in the information age, people still care about gathering around their big screens and watching sporting events or getting emergency information or staying up with the news. it comes there broadcasting in a very significant way. so we, we gave up a lott of spectrum -- a lot of spectrum when we went from analog to digital. we're being asked for more. b
] >> about every 40 years someone comes in to try to dominate the afghan scene and control it to use it for its own purposes. there have been periods of afghan history with the rulers of afghanistan have taken advantage of the geographical position of afghanistan to play a neutrality card using stuff favoritism to one global power to play that begins the possibility of leading to the other global power to keep both at day and this is the diplomatic strategy of successful afghan rulers whenever there have been any and the cold war is a notable period both the u.s.s.r. and the united states were interested in those competing to enlarge their influence in the country and somehow because of the counterbalancing of these forces there was a period when afghans were in control of their own destiny and during that period of use of modernization and change that was more rapid and it dramatic then you have seen anywhere in this country. that period ended when the pendulum of trying to swing back and forth started to swing so fast and so far it finally crashed in the country succumbed to the cr
god, who are you to tell us this? are why don't you go back to your own country if you don't like it? and my answer to that is, i'm a great citizen of the united states. not just an average citizen, but i am much, i do things that average citizens would not be. and i'm a great afghan. him and afghan american, but i may human race and had to represent decent people. so that's what i tell them, and don't be judgmental. so i wasn't called -- i was called doctor liber in san diego. and a lady got a little upset i guess what she knew about afghanistan, and one of the questions was, so what the people of afghanistan want? it was really, i say great question. i said what would you like in life? i really want to know what you want in life. i said, the home, bread, you know, three meals and all that. well, great. i said, that's exactly what the people of afghanistan want. are rough on the head, i said not three meals, how about one meal a day? that's not even available. so i think that's what they want to but it's how things are prioritized in the world. that's how politicians are prioritizin
the premises. two of us went a couple of blocks down six avenue new york had lunch by ourselves. we went through the big issues here and we found that, you know even though we don't agree, as alan said, we come from opposite perspectives here. we were able, in a short time to reach general agreement on a few principles that were the biggest and most important ones. you know, the larger point here is that within washington, and look, a lot of people know it. at love people don't. within washington, there's broad agreement what the financial problems of the country are. broad agreement on the solutions, and reement thae nothing can be done. it's the most insane situation you can imagine. it seems to be -- >> host: how do you different? what is your background or thinking? [laughter] >> guest: we may as welcome out here. we didn't do it in the piece you know, it's carefully written so you can't tell which one leans one direction. lets put this way. the way we see is the opposite of the way we are. i'm to the left
there but i think that what your story and perhaps the tone always invites us to linger with the complexities a little more. maybe we could start although it's not a story about you but your experience and the men that you had a chance to build relationships with. it's more than a dissertation. if you frame it in your first response, how did you come to write this wonderful book about the particular prison system or the religion in prison? >> guest: i tend to think people are a product of their circumstances because i am so acutely a product of my circumstances. those two modes of incarceration on the one hand, a child growing up in the 1980's and 90's had a time when the american prison population is exploding 600 or 700% and my mother among her others worked on rikers island so i was aware from the young time and at a younger age about the phenomenon of the mass incarceration. and i was always horrified by it in the way that one is drawn to something like a vacation. as for the other piece, i think the field of religious study is populated by people who tend to be emphatically ambivalent ab
. so i want to get there i think what your story always invites us to linger with the come mixties a little bit more. maybe we can start -- although it's not a story about you, it is your story of your experience and the men you had a chance to build relationships with. it's more than a dissertation. you framed it in your first response, how did you come to write this wonderful book about greaterford, this prison, or religion in prison? >> guest: i tend to think that people are largely a product of their circumstances because i myself am so acutely a product of my circumstances. those two are known -- incarceration on the one hand, child growing up in new york in the 1980s and '90ss at a time when the american prison population is exploding, 600%, 700%, my mother worked at likers island so i was aware from a young time, young age, about the phenomenon as mass incarceration and was always drawn and horrified by it in the way that one is drawn to something like vocation. as for the other piece, i feel the studies are populated by people who tend to be emphatically ambivalent about th
. >> host: joining us is doug casey. who are you? >> guest: i am best known as an author but i make my living as a speculator in the marketplace. >> host: what books have you written? >> guest: i wrote to the international man in 1976 a guidebook to the world of the last current year of personal freedom and financial opportunity it became the largest selling books i went there during a war and opened the telephone book to see what was going on and i called them up and became the media personality. >> host: your book of 1979? >> guest: that was crisis investing writed 1978. subtitle profits opportunities during the great depression in 81 '04 82 with interest rates and gold going over $800 but it did not turn into a depression fortunately but this time 30 years after the fact the economy is much more precarious than it was in the late '70s. we're in for some very serious times. >> host: white you think it is precarious? >> everything the government is doing it is not the right thing but exactly the opposite and i will go further to say the problem the american economy has the baker is a
think that we will try to make public to marshal the religious resources that might prove useful in helping to cultivate a mass movement against mass incarceration that we have going on a 200 years ago against slavery. i await to myself to be engaged in these practices in some way. >> host: we weren't just about at the end of our time. thank you again for the book which i think is a necessary voice and final contribution to these conversations. for any of us that might be concerned about the politics of mass incarceration. thank you for the concert -- conversation. >> for those of a certain age now is a familiar face and this is kennedy. mtv vj, kennedy, what is your full name? >> lisa kennedy montgomery. lisa montgomery was to log for the radio i started a los angeles 1991 so it was the virgin kennedy that was at a big alternative radio station. >> host: how did you get to mtv? >> guest: my boss, let's get that. people give me a hard time for being naked on a horse. i am not naked on a horse. that is a dante. back off people. my boss hired me when he went t me when he went to go
and internet audiences and invite everybody to visit us online at www.commonwealthclub.org. now it's my pleasure to introduce our distinguished speakers. tamim ansary was born in kabul where his father was university professor and his american mother taught english. time to left for the u.s. in 1964. is a writer, lecturer, teacher and editor. he has written several noteworthy books and awarding books including again, "games without rules." he will sign this book after the program. atta arghandiwal was also born in kabul. his father was a prominent military officer in lead. after high school, atta served in the afghan air force. in the political situation change in the 1980s and the russians invade, atta fled to germany and came to you is what is enjoyed a successful banking career. like tamim, he was shocked by 9/11. he visited afghanistan recently and you can read about his amazing journey back to afghanistan in his book, "lost decency: the untold afghan story." you also sign the book after the program. i think it is program will be very interesting. you may hear different perspective
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